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11 Oct 2019 Calgary, CA

Arctic Spas named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Prairies winner

Darcy Amendt, Dennis Kellner and Brent Macklin of Arctic Spas — a leading global designer and manufacturer of quality hot tubs and leisure products — are this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Prairies winners.

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Darcy Amendt, Dennis Kellner and Brent Macklin of Arctic Spas — a leading global designer and manufacturer of quality hot tubs and leisure products — are this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Prairies winners.

The leadership team’s entrepreneurial vision began in 1994 in a small Thorsby garage, evolved in 2005 to include a one-of-a-kind hot tub controller connected through mobile applications and has continued to grow by developing new product lines using innovative technologies.

Darcy Amendt, Dennis Kellner and Brent Macklin of Arctic Spas — a leading global designer and manufacturer of quality hot tubs and leisure products — are this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Prairies winners.

“This isn’t Arctic Spas’ first time competing — they’ve been winners in the program before and we’re excited to celebrate their achievements again,” says Rob Jolley, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Prairies Program Director. “Since winning the Prairies Manufacturing category 14 years ago, Darcy, Dennis and Brent have sanctioned a complete redesign of their product line, including revamping the spa body components, and rethinking manufacturing processes and logistic systems to improve customer lead time delivery.”

Ambition is second nature for Darcy, Dennis and Brent whose vision for the future of the company meant creating new technologies that didn’t already exist to build the equipment they needed to support leading manufacturing methods and innovative product designs.

Arctic Spas is now an internationally recognized brand with significant market share. Today, products are sold in 125 stores across 26 countries. And, while North America remains their largest market, Darcy, Dennis and Brent are building strategies to expand their global reach.

“It’s one thing to have the courage to start your own business and another entirely to reinvent an industry,” says Jolley. “That ambition and drive to succeed is what set Darcy, Dennis and Brent apart in this year’s competition. They continue to embody the entrepreneurial spirit of turning challenges into opportunities — recognizing that quality and productivity must be a differentiator, and that flexibility in operations is an ever-increasing necessity to continued success.”

Under their leadership, Artic Spas also supports the community through a wide variety of sponsorships and philanthropic activities. These initiatives are rooted in family values, making employees feel more committed, empowered and included.  

What’s next?
As the Prairies region’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019, Darcy, Dennis and Brent will compete with top entrepreneurs from the Pacific, Ontario, Québec and Atlantic regions for the national honour of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Canada, to be presented at a gala celebration on 28 November 2019 in Toronto. In June 2020, Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 will move to the world stage to compete with more than 50 country recipients for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year.

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Follow @EYCanada and #EOYPrairies on Twitter for the latest event updates. Visit for more program details and a complete list of category finalists and gala dates in other regions.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Prairies category award recipients:

Heavy Metal Equipment & Rentals  | Camrose
Jesse van der Werf

Tank Traders  | LaSalle
Marcel Vouriot

Communication Technology
SureCall Contact Centers Ltd. | Calgary
Desirée Bombenon

Emerging Entrepreneur
Attabotics  | Calgary
Scott Gravelle

Energy Services
Sky Eye Measurement Inc.  | Acheson
Richard Hansen

Arctic Spas  | Thorsby
Darcy Amendt, Dennis Kellner and Brent Macklin

Real Estate & Construction
Mid-West Group of Companies  | Saskatoon
Ken Achs

Versett  | Calgary
Doug van Spronsen

Young Entrepreneur
Sugarlash PRO  | Edmonton
Courtney Buhler

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About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

The 2019 Prairies independent judging panel consists of Brenda Nowakowski, Vice President Finance, JNE Welding; Kristi Cawthorn, CEO, Startec Compression & Process; Linda McCurdy, Director, President and CEO, K-Bro Linen Systems; Lorne Jacobson, Vice Chairman, TriWest Capital Partners; Marcela Mandeville, CEO, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs; Mike Fata, Founder, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods; and Tim Melton, Chairman, Melcor Developments.

This year's program national sponsors are The Globe and Mail Inc., ICI RDI, TMX Group, Air Canada, Media One Creative and The Printing House Limited. Pacific regional sponsors are BCBusiness, Canadian Western Bank, Captivate Networks, Hunt Personnel/Temporarily Yours and LEONE Luxury Fashion.

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